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December 17, 2014

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Department of Sociology

Laurierís Department of Sociology is characterized by its strength in the area of equity and social justice. In the 21st century, as Canada and the rest of the world face the challenges of globalization and privatization, issues related to human rights, social inequality, and future patterns of growth and development will need to be addressed.

Within the overall area of equity and social justice, faculty research and course offerings centre around 2 main streams of research:

  • Globalization, social change and human rights
  • Gender, sexualities and embodiment
Sociology is one of the largest undergraduate departments at Laurier. Our program not
only prepares you to enter graduate studies in sociology, but also provides you
with a strong and reputable background for post-degree programs in social work,
education, criminal justice and law.

The ultimate goal of our Sociology program in Equity and Social Justice at Laurier is to produce concerned and engaged students and citizens who have an increased awareness of contemporary social issues in both Canadian and global societies.

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Linda Quirke, Department of Sociology Linda Quirke is interested in how parents make decisions about their children's leisure activities, physical fitness, and diet. One part of her research agenda documents "expert" advice to parents, by analyzing the content of Canadian parenting advice articles from the mid-1980s to 2011. Dr. Quirke explores parenting magazine advice with respect to children's body weight, physical activity/fitness, and nutrition. She analyzes how advice literature socially constructs parents' "proper" role, and how this advice has changed since the 1980s.

Linda Quirke
Assistant Professor,
Department of Sociology